Twenty-one Questions You should Ask to Choose the Right Contractor

Our recent blogs have focused on topics that will help you choose the right home remodeling professional for your renovation project.  We’ve covered misconceptions, project costs beyond labor, and what to look for when hiring your contractor.  In this blog, we give you the essential questions to ask so that you can confidently navigate choosing the right contractor for your remodeling project.

Choose the Right Contractor

Any reputable remodeling contractor should be able to answer all the following questions positively.  If they cannot, it would be wise to continue your search!

  1. Are you properly licensed on both the state and city level?
  2. Do you require all change orders to be in writing to eliminate any misunderstandings and unexpected cost overruns?
  3. Do you carry general liability insurance?
  4. Do you carry worker’s compensation insurance?
  5. Will you provide me with a written lien waiver at the end of the job?
  6. Are you a member of NARI or NAHB? Do you subscribe to their Code of Ethics?
  7. Are you certified as a CR, GCP, CKBR, CGR, or UDCP?
  8. Are you a member of the local Better Business Bureau?
  9. Will you pull any necessary permits?
  10. Do you offer a written warranty on all workmanship?
  11. Who will oversee my job? May I meet this person or persons?
  12. Have you been a party in any construction litigation?
  13. Will you provide me with references?
  14. What percentage of your business is repeat, or referral-based?
  15. How many projects like mine have you completed in the last year or two?
  16. How do you plan to reduce dust and protect the rest of my home from the effects of other work? (Good contractors erect dust barriers and use drop cloths and other protective material to protect your home.)
  17. How is daily and general clean-up handled?
  18. Will you provide means of communication that is checked daily for any questions or concerns you may have thought of after working hours?
  19. Will you provide me with a written contract that clearly spells out exactly what you will do, what your price includes and does not include, and specifies a guaranteed price, payment schedule, and completion date?
  20. Will a professional designer and/or architect design my job? (For projects that warrant this level of service.)
  21. Do you provide realistic renderings, sketches, and perspectives to allow me to clearly visualize my project early in the planning stages? (Again, for projects that warrant this level of service.)

We hope knowing what to ask will help you choose the right contractor who is a professional in remodeling and renovation projects.

FREE CONSUMER AWARENESS GUIDE

Learn more about how to choose the right home remodeling professional with our consumer awareness guide.  Our guide, “10 Things You Must Know Before Hiring a Remodeling Contractor” will help you know what to look for when finding the right contractor so that you can be completely satisfied with your remodeling project.  This booklet was written so that you will be empowered to make the best decision for your home improvement and remodel. You can have the experience you desire for your home improvement project with the right contractor for you by requesting this free e-Book here.

Home Remodeling in the Greater Phoenix Area

Begin your project by calling us at (480) 895-3442 or emailing steve@trilitebuilders.com to discuss remodeling your home, kitchen, or bathroom.  We offer no-obligation in-home consultations. Our award-winning designers and craftsman are eager to work with you to help you love your home again!

 

5 REASONS TO CONSIDER A CURBLESS SHOWER

Bathrooms are one of the biggest motivators for homeowners to plan a remodel.  While there are many reasons, often it is because they want their bathroom to feel like an oasis. A curbless shower can help create that oasis feel, but we want to share 5 reasons to consider a curbless shower from a different perspective.

HERE ARE 5 REASONS TO CONSIDER A CURBLESS SHOWER

They are space savers:  Curbless showers save space in your bathroom!  Whether they are designed for big or small spaces, we can create your curbless shower to fit your unique area. A curbless shower also has no high curb which creates seamless flooring that gives your bathroom a bigger feel.

They are practical: Do you have children? Think of the flexibility of showering children who have just come in from messy outdoor play and you can shower more than one child at a time in these showers as well! The curbless shower also grows with you, allowing you to age in place.  With no curb, the shower is already outfitted to accommodate mobility aids meeting needs as you grow older making it safer for you.

They are easy to maintain: Whether you have bi-pass doors or no doors on your curbless shower, your shower area can be easier to clean by having a handheld showerhead.  Using a handheld showerhead, you can spray down the walls at any time when they need cleaning. If you choose to go with an open curbless shower, you have no doors to consider. There are no hinges or door seals to wear out which is an added feature to easy maintenance. And when it comes to cleaning the floor, it can be done as you are cleaning the rest of the floor in your bathroom!

Designer look that adds a high-end value: Curbless showers give any bathroom a designer look that will add a high-end value to your home. You can show your personal style and create a beautiful focal point for your bathroom by choosing different colors, shapes, and textures in your tile work. When designing your shower, there is also a wide range of flexibility in adding benches, shelves, and heated floors to make it uniquely yours.  We can help you design the perfect curbless shower for your space.

Easy Entry and Exit:  Stepping over a bathtub or a curb in a shower can become a fall risk for both young children whose coordination and balance is not yet fully developed and for those beginning to age.  Any time there is water involved, the floor can be slippery, and the step can be too high for anyone with mobility issues.  A curbless shower offers a safer entry and exit where you simply walk in and walk out.  If a wheelchair or walker is needed, there is no barrier.

Consider a Curbless Shower for Your Bathroom Remodel

Curbless showers provide accessibility, practicality, and easy maintenance as well as flexibility in design. They can extend the longevity of your home as it allows you to transition as you age in place.

Tri-Lite Builders is an award-winning home remodeler that can help you figure out the details and design for your bathroom so that you can fit a curbless shower into your space perfectly.  Call us at (480) 895-3442 for a free consultation to discuss your remodel!

View our portfolio of remodeling projects here!

Motivating Factors to Renovate Your Home in 2021

Life is always evolving, and this past year, the Coronavirus Pandemic saw the entire world adjusting to new ways of doing life and experiencing their homes differently. The desire to remodel homes went beyond just making a dream into a reality but created a feeling of necessity.  While the pandemic certainly holds strong motivating factors to renovate your home in 2021, many of the motivating factors have stayed the same.

The Coronavirus Pandemic Effect.

Many people found that their living space was no longer meeting their needs. Last year homes became our schools, offices, gym, and recreational area. When we had to shelter at home, homeowners began seeing their homes differently. Home renovation saw a rise in adding pools, home gyms, and space. People are cooking and eating more at home making kitchens the center of family life. Thus, kitchen and bath remodels have become even more popular. Working from home created the need for office space or a “Zoom Room” so that we could get away from distractions. Students being educated at home or online needed learning rooms for the same reason. And even with the pandemic seeing the light at the end of a long tunnel, life has dramatically changed in how we live it.  Those home offices and expanded family nights are not going anywhere.

Home Equity and Increasing Market Value.

Homeowners are getting an extra incentive from the record high amount of home equity they now have as home prices continue to gain and demand for housing soars.  People also have saved money over this past year from not going out to restaurants, not eating out, not going on vacations, and they are putting that value back into their homes.

Your home is an important investment.  Making smart decisions about renovation can have a positive long-term effect on the home’s market value.  We can help you research your options and know what the best return on your investment will be.

Having Time to Remodel your Home.

Remodeling your home takes time and we seem to have more time as life has slowed down.  Many people are no longer waiting until retirement to remodel.  While a major remodel can require months of effort, from the design and selection phase to the on-site construction, the rewards are worth it.

Remodeling for a Changing Lifestyle.

While the Coronavirus Pandemic may have changed your lifestyle, there are still other common motivating factors to remodel.  Whether your family is growing, or you have become an empty nester, your home needs to adapt to your lifestyle.  As you grow older, capabilities change which means your home needs to have an accessible design. We can help you plan for that.  With home renovation, your lifestyle is also enhanced by creating the space you want in your kitchen or upgrading your bathroom. This can have profound results in your everyday routine.

Remodeling Due to Deterioration.

Stuff happens! Kitchens, bathrooms, and exteriors remain the most frequent renovation projects because replacing them eventually becomes a necessity. Making the repairs is also the best time to expand into a remodel since the experts are already on hand. This can include updating for style as well as functionality. It is also a good time to make your home more efficient and sustainable which also helps reduce overhead and maintenance costs while decreasing your home’s impact on the environment.

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Sometimes you just want to freshen things up. Whether it is changing the flooring, opening the floorplan, repurposing an existing room and its functionality, or finishing the basement, home renovation can change things enough to make you excited about loving your home again.

Award-Winning Home Remodeler in Greater Phoenix

If you’re feeling motivated to remodel your own home, Tri-Lite Builders is a smart place to start, as we’re an award-winning design-build remodeling firm. Explore your options by calling us at (480) 895-3442 or contact us here. We also invite you to follow Homework Remodels on Houzz.

Looking For an Award-Winning Team for Your Remodel?

Looking for an award-winning team for your remodel? We know trusting your home and your remodel to us is a huge decision! You deserve the best!  Homework Remodels use only the most qualified experts and are led by an award-winning team backed by many years of experience in the field.  When it comes to interior design and remodels in the valley, we collaborate with you to bring your vision to reality.  We bring unparalleled attention to detail, skill, and experience to your remodel.

We Bring Your Vision to Life

As expert designers, we enjoy helping you bring to life your vision and completely transform your bathroom into your own European-style spa or an outdated kitchen into an upscale and functional dream kitchen that matches your personal style. Whether you are remodeling a single room, or completely renovating the entire home, we make the process as effortless and seamless as possible.

We Guarantee Outstanding Results

Through meticulous attention to detail, we’ll design and remodel your space creating stunning results. We’ll take the time to collaborate with you about your lifestyle, tastes, and project goals so that you get the remodel that you want.

You Can Trust Our Expertise and Depend on Our Experience!

Homework Remodels specializes in premier, upscale home renovations in Phoenix and the Greater Phoenix Area. Our team members include Nationally Certified Kitchen and Bath Designers and Universal Design Certified Professionals who can plan a brand-new kitchen, bathroom, master suite, or addition for your house – down to the last detail. Then our NARI Certified Remodelers bring that design to life so you and your loved ones can enjoy the new space for years to come.  You can count on Homework Remodels to bring expertise, quality, efficiency, and exceptional craftsmanship to every project.

For exceptional home remodeling, turn to the innovative renovation experts at Homework Remodels!

  • Concept to Completion Renovation
  • Home Design Consulting
  • Home Remodeling
  • Complete Kitchen Remodels and Bathroom Remodeling
  • Universal Design Bathrooms for accessibility and beauty
  • Master Suite Upgrades and Renovations
  • Room Additions, Garages, and Casitas
  • Historic Home Renovation Specialists

Ready to get started? We offer free consultations safely in-home or virtually.  Give us a call!

Click these links to learn more about us and view our portfolio?

Sheila Lanier, CKBR UDCP

Sheila Lanier, CKBR UDCP

Steve Shinn, CR, CKBR, UDCP, GCP

Steve Shinn, CR, CKBR, UDCP, GCP

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We have a lot of initials behind our names which really just means that we bring to you a lot of experience and knowledge with us. We want to give you our BEST!

What Those Initials Mean

CR        Certified Remodeler

CKBR  Certified Kitchen and Bath Remodeler

UDCP  Universal Design Certified Professional

GCP     Green Certified Professional

 

 

 

WHAT IS NARI AND WHY CHOOSE A CERTIFIED PROFESSIONAL?

We believe remodeling your home should be done right which is why we have invested in extensive NARI professional education and testing to become nationally certified professionals in multiple remodeling specialties. As a NARI Certified Remodeler, we have dedicated ourselves to continuing education.  This keeps us on top of the new finishes, business practices, and construction techniques, ensuring you a successful remodel.

National remodeling certifications ensure that you, the homeowners, are working with trained professionals that are focused on the highest quality remodeling services. As NARI certified professionals, we will guide you through the remodeling process making it worry-free with spectacular results when completed. First, here is more information on exactly what is NARI and what it means to you.

What is NARI?

The acronym NARI stands for the National Association of the Remodeling Industry. It is the only association solely dedicated to the remodeling industry. “NARI is an organization of high-quality remodeling professionals. Its members are committed to integrity, high-standards, professional education, ethics, and market recognition.” (www.nari.org)

How does NARI benefit me?

NARI can connect you, the homeowner, with a dedicated full-time local professional to ensure you have a positive remodeling experience. NARI certified remodelers will write contracts and warranties that comply with local, state, and federal laws. They always take appropriate action to ensure the health and safety of employees, trade contractors, and clients.

Does it really matter if my contractor is not a NARI certified professional?

Every member of NARI has agreed to conduct their business in accordance with the Standards of Practice for the Remodeling Industry. Also, every member has been actively involved with the remodeling industry for at least 2-5 years prior to earning a certificate. Without these certificates, how would you know if you were hiring a qualified remodeler? How can you measure a remodeler’s ethics, if they are not part of an organization that educates, monitors, and certifies its members? NARI has taken all the guesswork out of hiring a reliable and trustworthy professional contractor who is knowledgeable, informed, resourceful, and flexible.

What does that mean to me, the homeowner?

NARI members are pledged to observe high standards of honesty, integrity, and responsibility in the way they conduct business. They are experienced, trusted, qualified, ethical, and dependable business owners who will get your project done right. They obtain the proper permits, carry the required insurances, follow local codes, and design innovative solutions to renovate your home. By choosing a NARI certified professional, you are getting an expert in their field, a tried-and-true specialist who will turn your remodel into your dream home.

We have staff NARI certified as NARI Certified Remodeler, NARI Certified Kitchen and Bath Remodeler, NARI Universal Design Certified Professional, NARI Green Certified Professional. Learn more about our NARI certifications here.

Home Remodeling in the Greater Phoenix Area

Your remodeling project should reflect your taste and lifestyle. Tri-lite Builders’ NARI Certified Designers will work hand in hand with you to create a space that not only adds value to your home, but also works within your space, taste, and budget. You can view our award-winning portfolio here.  Call us at (480) 895-3442 if you would like to discuss your remodeling project with our award-winning designers and builders.

 

5 Things That Your Luxurious Bathroom Needs

This year has been difficult, filled with stresses that we did not see coming. However, it has also provided opportunities as we hunker down with our families and friends within our space. You have possibly taken more time looking at your home and have begun dreaming about what you would change if you remodeled.  Bathrooms are always at the top of that list!  Bathrooms are an underutilized space that can be made to serve you better. Maybe we have spent too much time in spas, but we believe that everyone needs to have those luxurious spaces inside their own home.

Here are 5 things that your luxurious bathroom needs:

  1. Heated Floors

Heated floors are fabulous because you will never need to walk on a cold bathroom floor in the middle of the night again! The biggest benefit of floor-heating systems is their ability to uniformly heat a room and floor. Stepping out of the shower or the bathtub with heated floors makes all the difference!

  1. Dimmer Switches

We know that taking a long hot bath is something that you love to do, but do you really want the bright lights on when you are soaking in your tub? We recommend installing dimmer switches on your lights so that you can lower the brightness of the lights and turn the room into a calming oasis.

  1. Heated Toilet Seat

There are many new toilets on the market and the best ones have heated seats. Imagine going into the bathroom in the middle of the night and not freezing as you sit down. This can be a new reality for you and your family if you install a toilet with a heated seat.

  1. Handheld Showerhead

Rainshower showerheads are fabulous, but you may want to install a handheld showerhead as well. This will give you more water flowing over you as you are showering, and the handheld will make it easier to rinse off.

  1. Humidistat Fan

Moisture can build up quickly in your bathroom and we can almost guarantee that there have been times when you have forgotten to turn on the fan before you stepped into the shower. A humidistat fan will go on automatically as soon as the humidity or moisture in the room reaches a certain level. This fan will ensure that you will not have moisture or mold issues inside your luxurious bathroom space.

It can be easy to turn your bathroom into a luxurious space and it may not mean a complete renovation either. Call us to talk and learn about all your options for turning your bathroom into a room of luxury.

Our lead designer and professional craftsmen at Homework Remodels have years of experience helping homeowners design and build award-winning custom bathrooms. During the COVID pandemic, we offer free virtual and safe in-home consultations.  When we work on your remodeling project, we take all the necessary precautions to keep you and our craftsmen safe. Give us a call at (480) 895-3442 to discuss your upcoming bathroom remodeling project.  We will do the homework for you and help you love your home again!

You can find some of our remodeled bathrooms here!

Splurge on These 4 Items for your Kitchen Remodel

Amid a lot of change and additional hardship that this year has brought, there is nothing like moving forward and creating positive transformation like the remodel project you have wanted to do since, well, forever!  So that kitchen remodel you have been thinking about, let’s do it! While you are in the planning stage, there are certain items, we suggest, you should splurge on.  Splurging on these 4 items for your kitchen remodel can improve the time you spend in your kitchen plus add even more value to your new space.

Splurge on these 4 items for your kitchen remodel:

Interior Storage Solutions for Kitchen Cabinets

Interior storage solutions for kitchen cabinets do not have to cost a fortune. They will, however, make it easier to organize and use your kitchen.  Storage items you should splurge on when it comes to your new cabinets include roll-out trays, trash and recycle bins, pullout pantries, and vertical storage.  A Lazy-Susan is a great addition to any kitchen’s corner cabinet, as it will make it easier for you to access items inside that cabinet. There are also several items on the market a homeowner can install that assist in the optimum function of your kitchen.

Quartz or Granite Countertops

Countertops can be made from many different materials, but your best option is quartz or granite. Both are durable and easy to keep clean.  Quartz is virtually non-porous, as it is a man-made material of ground-up stone particles and resin. Granite is porous, but this is not necessarily a bad characteristic, as our fabricator applies a sealer to protect it from absorbing liquids.  Many people look for quartz or granite in homes they are considering purchasing. Quartz or Granite countertops will help you recoup your money if you decide to sell in the future.

Floor

Your kitchen floor will see a lot of traffic, so you will want to splurge on a material that will last. Stained concrete, porcelain tiles, or luxury vinyl planks will add a luxurious look and feel to your remodeled kitchen and are worth the additional cost.  Stained concrete, potentially the most expensive option, has a modern look and is easy to maintain.  Porcelain tiles are manufactured to look like most flooring materials from stone, wood, and concrete to mosaics.  The ones we suggest are called color body porcelain, as the body of the tile is similar in color to the face. If the tile happens to chip, the color you see looks similar to the face of the tile and helps conceal the chip.  Luxury vinyl planks are a vinyl material attached to a click type structure for a floating installation method.  This newer product has added benefit with water resistance, backing for sound, and weight transfer absorption as well as coming in a multitude of product renderings from wood to stone tiles.

Beverage cooler

And last, but not least, if you are like a lot of homeowners these days, then you may want to consider installing a beverage cooler in your new kitchen. This cooler will free up space in your refrigerator which almost everyone needs!  If you store these items in another space in your home, you will no longer need to leave your kitchen to grab a drink. These coolers can hold soda, juice boxes, wine, beer, and more which is perfect for when you are entertaining.

Splurging on some items in your new kitchen will be well worth it. However, you will want to choose wisely what you are spending your money on because it is not necessary to spend thousands of dollars on every single part of your new space. There are certain items that you can spend a lot less money on and still get the results that you want. We can help you with that!

Our professional Lead Designer and Craftsmen here at Homework Remodels have years of experience helping homeowners design and build award-winning custom kitchens. Our work has been featured in a variety of magazines both in print and online and won NARI awards. Please give us a call at (480) 895-3442 to discuss your upcoming kitchen remodeling project.

Check out all our remodels for ideas and look for your next kitchen remodel here.

Spotlight on our Lead Designer, Sheila Lanier

Our Lead Designer, Sheila Lanier, was featured on the Women at WIRC (Women in Residential Construction) podcast!  On the podcast, she shares the benefits of a business coach and how to revamp your hiring process.  Sheila also lays out a good strategy for professional women in the remodeling business. You can hear the podcast here!  Since being featured on the podcast, doors have opened for Sheila to speak at the annual Women In Residential Construction conference.  The conference will be held in San Diego, California during September 23-25, 2020.  We are so excited for her!

 

BIO:  Sheila Lanier, CKBR, UDCP Lead Designer at Homework Remodels and Tri-Lite Builders has been designing award-winning remodels since 2006.  A graduate of the NKBA Certified Design program at Johnson County Community College, in Overland Park within Johnson County, Kansas,  she learned the ropes in Kansas City’s impressive historic neighborhoods. Moving to Phoenix in 2011 she reached out to another NARI Certified award-winning Remodeler to get some perspective on the market.  One year later she was asked to join the team.  Seven years and multiple accomplishments later, she is in a succession plan to lead the company building a culture with humility and serve those who work alongside her to help homeowners love their home again.  

 

Recently, the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) named Homework Remodels in Phoenix, Arizona, 2020 South Central Regional CotY Winner in the Entire House $250,000 – $500,000 category in its’ annual awards competition. Sheila was Lead Designer on the award-winning project.

 

The CotY Awards celebrate NARI members who are committed to design, best practices, integrity, high standards, and professionalism. NARI will honor all Regional Winners and announce the National Winners at NARI’s Evening of Excellence on April 24, 2020, at the TradeWinds Island Grand Resort in St. Pete Beach, FL.

Homework Remodels Named the NARI 2020 Regional CotY Winner!

The National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) named Homework Remodels, our sister company, in Phoenix, Arizona, 2020 South Central Regional CotY Winner in the Entire House $250,000 – $500,000 category in its’ annual awards competition.

The Project

The award-winning project, aptly named Biltmore Beauty has a million-dollar view of the mountains and space for effortless entertaining. Through the worn finishes and underutilized spaces, the owners could see the potential to personalize the house. Dedicated to their goal for luxury living during their empty nest years meant getting all the projects out of the way to fully enjoy this resort-style setting.  See the project photos here.

“We are honored to have received the NARI South Central CotY Award in the Entire House $250,000-$500,00 category. Every area of this remodeling project received the necessary TLC to provide modern finish elements with functional space adjustments and current lifestyle enhancements. This special project will provide for these part-time Arizona residents a serene space to Winter in.  Remodeling is such a satisfying process for us, we truly enjoy helping our clients love their home,” said Sheila Lanier, Lead Designer, Homework Remodels.

Each year, NARI presents CotY awards to members who have demonstrated outstanding work through their remodeling projects. The CotY Awards are the highest form of recognition by industry leaders and peers. NARI received nearly 500 entries from across the United States representing over $138 million in remodeling projects.

“This year’s submissions were outstanding, making the job of our esteemed judges very difficult,” said Tracy Wright, Senior Director of Membership and Chapter Services at NARI.

The judging panel representing industry experts selected winners based on problem-solving, functionality, aesthetics, craftsmanship, innovation, and degree of difficulty.

The CotY Awards allow us to celebrate our members who are committed to design, best practices, integrity, high standards, and professionalism. NARI will honor all Regional Winners and announce the National Winners at NARI’s Evening of Excellence on April 24, 2020, at the TradeWinds Island Grand Resort in St. Pete Beach, FL.

About NARI

The National Association of the Remodeling Industry, or NARI, is the medium for business development, a platform for advocacy and the principal source for industry intelligence. NARI is an organization of high-quality remodeling professionals. Its members are committed to integrity, high standards, professional education, ethics, and market recognition. NARI connects homeowners with its professional members so consumers have a positive remodeling experience with a professional, qualified remodeler.

Greater Phoenix Area Remodelers

Call Tri-Lite Builders at (480) 895-3442 for a free 60-minute consultation to begin your remodel!  Peruse our featured projects to see some of our award-winning kitchens remodels.

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